It’s been a long work in progress but I finally hit my food budget! If you’ve been following for a while you’ll remember at the end of last year I set out to reduce my food budget to $400/month. Normally I’d spend anywhere from $550-$700/month so it was a big drop in spending.
It took me months of trying and getting kind in close, but never at, or under that $400 mark.
I’m happy to stay that April was a success. Yes yes yes!!!
The total spent in April was $380 and there is just one major contributing factor that helped me get there – Jacob put me on a budget.
Instead of having $400 available at the beginning of the month, I’m only given $100 each Friday. The $100 is cash so I know I only have that much to spend at the grocery store opposed to just swiping my debit card.
Knowing that I only have so much cash in my wallet has actually made me spend less. It’s kind of like a game, how little can I spend? The last thing I want to do is tell the cashier to take items off because it added up to more than I thought. It happened once and it wont happen again.
We were gone for 1 week in April so May could be more of a challenge since we’ll be home the whole month, but I’m so ready for that challenge!
We’ve still been eating tasty, homemade meals. You CAN eat healthy on a budget! My crockpot has been a saver lately, both with chili and these yummy pineapple meatballs I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow!
On a completely different note, if you’re in the mood to read about a healthy habit of mine anyone can do, go check out my guest post over at The Healthy Apron. You’ll see a pretty awesome picture of me too.
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